He was born in Chicago, Illinois. At one time, he was married to silent star Mae Murray with the two forming Tiffany Pictures to film eight motion pictures that were released by MGM. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Divorcee and The Great Ziegfeld. Both were nominated for Best Picture, and the latter won. Known by his nickname Pop, Leonard was brought in late by MGM as a reliable director who could get its Pride and Prejudice (1940), starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, onto the big screen. One of the more unusual credits in his filmography is the film noir thriller The Bribe (1949) with its sleazy settings, slippery characters, and steamy atmosphere. Robert Leonard died in 1968 in Beverly Hills, California of an aneurysm. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, near his wife Gertrude Olmstead.
Movies & TV shows
Kelly and Me
Failing vaudeville performer, Len, is taken under the wing of the German Shepherd wonder dog, Kelly, and a new act is born. Len hopes all his dreams are coming true when he finds himself in Hollywood ...
The Great Diamond Robbery
Ambrose C. Park, left on a park bench as an infant with an impulsive need to find his parents, is an assistant to a diamond cutter. Shyster lawyer Remlick, in a strategy to get a fabulous uncut diamon...
Her Twelve Men
Greer Garson stars as a teacher at a boys' school. Director Robert Z. Leonard's 1954 drama also features Robert Ryan, Barry Sullivan, Richard Haydn, James Arness, Tim Considine, Frances Bergen, Barbar...
Once a famous Ziegfeld star, Dodo Delwyn, is reduced to playing clowns in burlesque and amusement parks as a result of his drinking. His son Little Dink idolizes Dodo and faithfully believes in a come...
Too Young to Kiss
Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), a busy impresario, is besieged by hordes of wannabe concert stars, eager for their big break. One of them is Cynthia Potter (June Allyson), a talented pianist... but she...
Grounds for Marriage
Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.
Duchess of Idaho
Ellen Hallit is in love with her playboy boss, Douglas Morrison, but is too timid to do anything about it. To help her, her roommate Chris decides to step in, and devises a plan. Chris follows Morriso...
Nancy Goes to Rio
Mother and daughter (Sothern and Powell) compete over same singing role and, unbeknownst to each other, the same man.
The United States Federal agent traveled to the Central American island to investigate a stolen aircraft engines racket.
In the Good Old Summertime
In this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, feuding co-workers in a small music shop do not realize they are secret romantic pen pals.
The Secret Heart
Penny Addams lives in a constant state of depression stemming from the trauma of her father's death when she was just a young girl. Her brother, Chase, and stepmother, Lee, work to help Penny process ...
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role.
Week-End at the Waldorf
Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary war correspondent and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier learns that without an op...
Marriage Is a Private Affair
Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts the proposal...
We Were Dancing
A penniless former princess weds an equally cash- strapped baron, so they can support themselves by becoming houseguests at the homes of wealthy American socialites.
Stand by for Action
U. S. Navy Lieutenant Gregg Masterman, of The Harvard and Boston Back Bay Mastermans, learned about the sea while winning silver cups sailing his yacht. He climbs swiftly in rank, and is now Junior Ai...
When Ladies Meet
Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without telling Mary...
Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must leave behind ...
A revolutionary leader romances a French aristocrat in Louisiana.
Third Finger, Left Hand
Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, uncovers the decep...
Pride and Prejudice
The man is named Mr. They were and Mrs. and Mr. There are five unmarried daughters of Bennet and Mrs. Bennet wants to find a suitable husband for them. Mr and the rich single gentlemen were together. ...
A married singer, pianist/composer team are struggling to hit it big in New York. Finally, they audition before a Broadway producer, but the producer only wants the singer, leaving the husband without...
The Girl of the Golden West
Mary Robbins is a moderately educated, beautiful, young woman who owns the saloon called "The Poker". She is the only woman in the town of Couldee - making her the fancy of all the men there, especial...
An opera star's manager tries to stop her romance with a penniless singer.
Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions toward Spai...
Jim's father wants to marry Eugenia, but her sister Netta refuses to allow it. When Jim sees Ann at a club, he falls for her even though she is with Lord Priory. He meets her the next day at the ridin...
The Great Ziegfeld
Lavish biography of Flo Ziegfeld, the producer who became Broadway's biggest starmaker.
After Office Hours
Hard-hitting news editor Jim Branch falls for high-society type Sharon Norwood but can't get to first base as he continually makes use of her knowledge of the rich and famous to try to solve the murde...
A princess from France is involved with a mercenary in America.
A romantic comedy-drama-musical of mistaken identity, infidelity and farce, set in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century.
Peg o' My Heart
Peg and her father live a simple life in an Irish fishing village. One day Sir Gerald arrives at the village to tell Pat that Peg is heir to estate of her grandfather, who hated Pat. The upshot of the...
Janie lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton, the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed b...
A daydreaming dramatist and his beloved persevere through hard times in the hope that one of his plays will be a hit.
After discovering that insanity runs in her husband's family, she has a love child with a handsome doctor and lets her husband believe that the child is his.
It's a Wise Child
In this comedy, a conservative family becomes alarmed when they begin believing their daughter is pregnant.
The Bachelor Father
Lonely in his English country estate, Sir Basil decides to gather his grown (albeit illegitimate) children around him in his declining years. He uses a ledger which keeps track of the payments he has ...
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
A young woman runs away from an abusive home to find happiness with a handsome engineer, only to be frustrated in her attempts to find happiness with a handsome engineer.
Five and Ten
John is the owner of the largest chain of five and ten cent stores in the country. His family's life is falling apart due to his constant working, even though they moved to New York from Kansas City. ...
In Gay Madrid
Ricardo, a young law student in his home town of Madrid, is a carefree playboy who loves nightclubs and courting pretty girls. His father hopes to instill a more serious attitude in his son by transfe...
Claire Tree is a singer/dancer who goes after what she wants in a straight-forward, no-nonsense manner, so when she finds herself in the New York City hotel-suite, in fashionable Peacock Alley, of Sto...
Let Us Be Gay
Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her lackluster appearan...
When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.
A Lady of Chance
A con woman working the Atlantic City hotels targets a visiting businessman from Alabama.
The Cardboard Lover
A ditzy American girl visiting Monte Carlo is hired by a tennis champ to be his "cardboard lover"--to pretend to be in love with him so he can teach his two-timing fiancé a lesson and win her back. Wh...
Cheaper to Marry
Dick Tyler is the junior partner in the law firm of Knight and Tyler. He tries to convince his partner, Jim Tyler, than it's cheaper to be married than to continually "play the field". The main reason...
Tom loves Patsy, but she lives in the city while he is every bit the country bumpkin. When an invention of his sells, he decides to take the money and go to the city. There he will show Patsy that he ...
A young man brings his new worldly Parisian wife back home to Pennsylvania.
Rosalie Lawrence, a dancing star on Broadway, falls for rich Hugh Thompson. His parents disapprove and want him to marry Barbara Royce, so he and Rosalie marry secretly. However, Hugh isn't quite the ...
Fascination is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring his then wife Mae Murray. The film is based on an original story by Edmund Goulding, soon to be a prolific f...
April Poole (Davies), a young writer in love with publisher Kerry Sarle (Tearle), visits the office of Mr. Sarle and his partner Ronald Kenna (Frank) and reads her latest story to them. She has made S...
The Restless Sex
A love triangle drama, based on a novel by Robert W. Chambers, who is better-known for weird fiction (which is not noticeable in this story.)
The Scarlet Shadow
Elena Evans is raised by her puritanical Aunt Elvira, who believes that because of Elena's mother, Elena possesses "the scarlet strain."
The Delicious Little Devil
A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. She fell in love with the son of a rich businessman there. The boy's father decided to humiliate her and show...
The Way of a Woman
A 1919 film directed by Robert Z. Leonard.
Danger, Go Slow
Muggsy Mulane, a waif who wears boy's clothing, jumps a freight train to the country after Jimmy "the Eel," the leader of the gang of crooks with whom she works, is arrested. In the village of Cottonv...
Her Body in Bond
The cabaret act of husband-and-wife dancing team Peggy and Joe Blondin is broken up when Joe becomes consumptive and is ordered West to recuperate. Peggy remains in New York to maintain the couple's i...
A runaway becomes a thief and is sentenced to a reformatory. A complete copy exists at the George Eastman Museum.
The Bride's Awakening
A husband orders his wife to keep their marriage a secret, in order to better continue his affair with a married woman. The former Filmmuseum (now EYE) has a complete copy.
A Mormon Maid
This silent melodrama is set against the 1840s westward migration of the Mormons. Dora, a young woman, and her family are saved from an Indian attack by a Mormon community traveling to Utah. They join...
The Primrose Ring
Margaret MacLean, who has been saved from life in a wheelchair by the miracle of medicine, vows to devote her life to caring for crippled children. She becomes a nurse in the children's ward of Dr. Ma...
The daughter of a disowned upper class Bostonian finds acceptance in Parisian society. An incomplete copy exists at the Library of Congress.
In an English mining town during the 1870's, Joan Lowrie falls in love with Fergus Derrick, the new chief engineer who vows to improve working conditions. Joan's father Don, however, runs the mine and...
The Love Girl
A girl is hypnotized and kidnapped by the swami her aunt is devoted to. A complete copy exists at the UCLA Film And Television Archive.
Little Eve Edgarton
Eve Edgarton decides to devote her life solely to her love of botany, but unexpectedly falls in love with a man who shares none of her intellectual interests. A complete copy exists at the Archives Du...
The Courtship of Miles Standish
A short silent film based on the poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Common Enemy
A secret message is sent to Col by the young daughter of a Southern family. There is a camp for Morgan.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.
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